Weekly Rewind: Top 10 Stories On CXOToday (Apr 17-22)

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 21, 2017

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The week was indeed happening for the world of tech. With Social media exposure is growing like wildfire, it is little surprising when Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel’s former employee was quoted as saying that Spiegel was not interested in expanding the business to “poor countries” like India, #BoycottSnapchat became one of the top trending topics on Twitter and Facebook and Indians began to uninstall the app and give it poor ratings and reviews on various app stores. Even though Snapchat rubbished the statement later, the damage has been done.

Just sometime back, Samsung’s loss was Apple’s and Xiaomi - thanks to the Note 7 fireworks- But the company now looks set for a comeback and that to with full force with its latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ models.

With news such as Apple will soon be joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, China’s search engine giant Baidu to hit the roads by 2020 with its self-driving cars, automotive leaders contend that cars of the future will be capable of completely driving themselves, entirely revolutionizing the transportation industry. But safety becomes a key barrier and more importantly, are citizens ready for the ride?

Also, at a time, when gender diversity is becoming a corporate norm, a new study reveals that most women professionals in India don’t consider their workplaces women friendly.

On World Heritage Day and on Earth Day [both observed this week], we explore how Big Data can help in preserving India’s cultural heritage as well as aid in reduce pollution, thereby fostering a clean, green environment.

Like every week, this week too, we also have for you interesting interviews, case studies, infographics, and expert columns on various emerging technology and market trends and challenges in the enterprise space. 

Here are some of the top stories of the week on CXOToday you would not want to miss. 

Self-Driving Cars Are Underway; Are You Ready?

Self-driving cars, once limited to science fiction movies is already becoming a reality. The technology is here, and several companies are already testing them on the roads. It is interesting to understand the progress of autonomous vehicle, when they will finally hit the road and most important, are, we the humans, ready for the ride?

How Big Data Helps In Preservation Of India’s Historical Sites

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has over 3,600 monuments, 100,000 rare books, original drawings, plates, and manuscripts, even though the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) audit report says that of the 1,538 structures surveyed around 81 are missing. The agency has been following archaic and outdated methods of preservation. In this context, modern technology such as Big Data can help in preserving India’s cultural heritage.

How CEO Can Avoid Being A Victim Of Cyber-Attack

An average person uses multiple smart devices, from a laptop and PC to a tablet and smartphone, making him extremely defenseless in the face of a cyber-attack. And if you are the CEO of a company, you’ve got the additional responsibility to protect sensitive company information. So, how does one identify and protect oneself from these cybercrimes?  Altaf Halde, Managing Director - South Asia, Kaspersky Lab explains in this article.

Facebook Helicopters To Deliver Internet In An Emergency

After building a solar-powered plane to help deliver internet access nearly two years ago, Facebook this time, comes up with a helicopter to deploy the internet during an emergency. This announcement made at its F8 developer conference, is part of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision to provide Internet access even to the remotest locations. Known as the “Tether-tenna,” the helicopter can be deployed immediately and operate for months at a time to bring back connectivity in case of an emergency.

How Life Insurers Can Prepare For The Digital Future NOW

Life-insurance companies that have been latecomers to the digital era, are still selling the old-fashioned way, broker to customer, instead of empowering people to make their own decisions and participate in the process. In a recent article by McKinsey, experts believe, in order to stay ahead of the digital revolution, Life-insurance companies must take an omnichannel approach, to offer a compelling and relevant customer experiences no matter where their customers choose to interact.

Can Samsung Grab Its Lost Grounds From Rivals In India?

Just sometime back, Samsung’s loss was Apple’s and Xiaomi - thanks to the Note 7 fireworks- But the company now looks set for a comeback and that to with full force with its latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ - both high end models - to regain its space at the premium smartphone segment in India which is now led by its rival Apple after the Note 7 debacle.

Snapchat CEO’s India Remark Underscores The Power Of Social Media

The social media is abuzz with criticism against Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel after a report quoted one of the company’s former employees as saying that Spiegel told him that the “app is only for rich people” and that the CEO was not interested in expanding the business to “poor countries” like India. Many believe, this comment can potentially irk prospective brands in India from putting their money on the social media platform.

Indian Firms Need To Catch Up On Gender Parity

At a time, when talks on women empowerment at the workplace has become a norm, Indian enterprises seems to have ignored the basics when it comes to providing meaningful career opportunities to its women employees. Most women professionals don’t consider their workplaces women friendly, reveals a new study.

95% Engineers In India Not Fit for Software Development Jobs

At a time when the Indian IT industry is expressing concerns over the US government’s clampdown on the rules for H-1B visa, a new study came up with a shocking revelation that 95 percent engineers in India do not possess the prowess to take up software development jobs. As a result,  lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India, the study highlights.